THE PHANTOM OF NEW YORK by A.L.  Janney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2017

"A substantive and enjoyable fantasy featuring colorful characters, a real-world setting, and the believable journey of a young protagonist to a magical destiny."
A teenager who refuses to believe a prophecy that he will be New York's next superhero faces dark events and otherworldly messengers in this second volume of a middle-grade series. Read full book review >
A VERY, VERY, VERY OLD MYSTERY by Max Willis  Foxton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A lively and learned time-travel tale."
In this middle-grade debut novel, a young boy and several ghosts hope to clear the name of a disgraced ancestor. Read full book review >

1977 CHRISTMAS MAGIC  by Eugene R.  Capriotti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2017

"A short novelistic gem that delivers a time capsule of 1977 Ohio and western Pennsylvania."
A retired professor of astronomy and astrophysics offers a fictionalized debut memoir about a young family's holiday that becomes a love letter to Pittsburgh. Read full book review >
BIANCA by Meg Welch  Dendler
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"Runs to surprising depths, and Sammy the donkey will live long in young memory."
Dendler (Dottie's Daring Day, 2017, etc.) addresses overcoming preconceptions in this middle-grade fairy tale. Read full book review >
JEREMY CUTLER AND THE TORCH OF TIME  by Michael Faix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Familial strife initiates a fresh and lively clique of magic-wielding teens."
This debut middle-grade fantasy stars a boy whose true parentage hints at a magical destiny. Read full book review >

NIGHTHAWK AND LITTLE ELK by Eelonqa K. Harris
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 29, 2017

"A quirky and vivid primer for parents to teach kids about environmentalism."
In this debut graphic novel, two siblings escape their foster mother and survive in the woods on wits, magic, and love. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF SARA SPRINGBORN AND MR. WOLLO BUSHTAIL by William Crow Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A diverting tale that champions nature as convincingly as its heroes do."
In Johnson's (The Sword is Whet, 2017, etc.) middle-grade fantasy, a young girl and a squirrel, communicating telepathically, endeavor to broker peace between humans and forest creatures. Read full book review >
JUPITER STORM by Marti  Dumas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2017

"In more ways than one, a tale about young creatures testing their wings; a moving, entertaining winner."
A fifth-grade New Orleans girl discovers a mysterious chrysalis containing an unexpected creature in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
GREGORY AND THE GRIMBOCKLE by Melanie  Schubert
Released: Nov. 9, 2017

"A beautifully realized daydream; a fun yet thoughtful exploration of the complexities and possibilities hidden beneath surface appearances."
In this debut middle-grade novel, a lonely boy finds friendship and learns about the magic of human connection. Read full book review >
THE HEATH COUSINS AND THE MOONSTONE CAVE by Eileen  Hobbs
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A quick and enjoyable sortie into the world of preteen family friendships and escapades."
Four children find enchantment while exploring a seaside cave in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
THE SLEEPING KING by Laurel  Colless
Released: Oct. 25, 2017

"A fantasy tale featuring delightful characters that primes readers for an ongoing series."
In Colless' middle-grade debut, a young boy may be a prophesied king who, according to legend, will save the world when it needs him most. Read full book review >
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Inspiring and hopeful if not easy. (author's note, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The long and troubled history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and its place in three of the major religions of the world is told in all its complicated glory. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >